Selangor officials detained for alleged corruption should be suspended from duties

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) recently arrested a total of five individuals including a district officer and two former municipal council presidents (YDPs).

According to reports, the case involves projects worth tens of millions of ringgit in at least four districts in Selangor since 2012.

If the Selangor Pakatan administration is one of integrity and accountability, it should suspend the suspected officials from their positions until after the investigations are completed and the appropriate action taken against the wrongdoers.

From press reports, this abuse of power has been ongoing for quite some time, and it was not a new incident. The amount involved is not little either.

As an advanced state, and being self-acclaimed "transparent", the Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari should suspend the suspected individuals under the state's jurisdiction, not only to facilitate investigations by relieving them of their responsibilities, but also as a warning to others who may be tempted to accept bribes.


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